PRP Facials go by many other names. PRP Facelift, Vampire FacialTM, Vampire FaceliftTM all use similar techniques with Platelet-Rich Plasma and Microneedling. The term Vampire FacialTM was trademarked and only people who pay for the rights to use that term can call a procedure by that name. But many doctors offer variations of facial rejuvenation using PRP. Some places use other techniques in combination with PRP, like fillers. But the essence of this treatment is the use of growth factors from your own blood to stimulate collagen in the skin. PRP can also be activated into PRFM (Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix) for longer lasting results. The procedure starts with a blood draw, which is then spun down in a centrifuge to acquire the golden plasma containing the potent growth factors. This PRP is then used for direct injections and microneedling to rejuvenate the skin.
Many skin imperfections that have been treated with lasers or IPL in the past can also be addressed with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and skin needling treatments. Treatments are non-ablative and are a safe, effective tool in an anti-aging skin care regimen for any skin type. PRP is like liquid gold when it comes to stimulating the skin to make collagen and elastin to rejuvenate the skin. The PRP Facial revitalizes the skin by sparking cellular regeneration and elastin and collagen production to reduce scarring, correct fine lines and improve surface texture. Over time this can thicken and tighten the skin while diminishing wrinkles, photo aging, and pore size. PRP and Microneedling are also effective in the treatment of stretch marks.
The Microneedling pen rapidly creates a pattern of micro channels in the treatment area. These micro channels allow the growth factors in PRP to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin to leave the skin smoother, fresher, and more uniform. Micro channels also enhance the skin’s ability to absorb medical grade topicals, like anti-aging serums and skin lighteners, when applied during or immediately after the treatment.
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) contains 8 potent natural human growth factors and 3 different cytokines that stimulate the fibroblasts in the dermis to become active. For PRP, a sample of blood must be obtained and spun in a centrifuge to separate the plasma and platelets from the rest of the blood cells. The PRP is then injected back into the skin and then spread over the surface of the skin during microneedling. The growth factors in PRP then travel through the microchannels to the dermis, maximizing the amount of stimulation to produce collagen and elastin. Because PRP is a natural product of your own body, it does not produce side effects or allergies. As with any needling procedure, there is always a risk of bleeding or swelling, but when this occurs it is usually mild and short-lived.
Each PRP Facial treatment triggers your own cells to generate collagen and elastin. This lasts 4-6 months. Each treatment builds on the previous progress, with a slow improvement over time. We generally recommend at least 3 treatments to see results, but sometimes more. Most people recommend about one treatment per decade of life you have lived. So if you are 40, you might benefit from a series of 4. But there is no limit to the benefits over time.
Who can perform a PRP facial varies by state. This procedure requires a blood draw and injections of blood products into the body. Only a qualified medical professional can safely perform these procedures. The states all have different laws that apply to medical procedures, but in most states, only a Doctor or Physician’s Assistant and sometimes a Nurse Practitioner can perform the procedure. Registered Nurses and LPNs cannot independently perform a PRP facial without direct MD supervision. Aestheticians cannot perform this procedure. (There are some rare exceptions which are beyond this discussion).
The cost greatly varies! Beware of price shopping for PRP. There are many places offering PRP in a quasi-lawful way. When a place cuts corners, they can offer it for cheap. Many people are making their own PRP tubes which are not created for this purpose. A PRP set can cost $100 or more, but some places try to make their own for a couple of dollars. In addition, some places are offering this procedure with aestheticians and other providers who are really not medically qualified. We have seen it offered for as little as $300 – which is impossible without cutting corners. The average cost is $1,100 to $1,400 per procedure nationally. Our price at Glow Medispa is $900 with discounts for package purchases.
Some people report seeing results with brighter skin and diminished acne within a few weeks of having a single PRP Facial. However, for building collagen and elastin to show tighter skin this is a much longer time horizon, requiring multiple treatments and many months. We consider the PRP facial a long-term investment, with an overall improvement happening over 6 to 12 months.
For facial rejuvenation and the build-up of collagen and elastin, the results are long-lasting. Your body breaks down collagen and elastin at about 1-2%. So, over time the results do slowly diminish. The advantage is that you are building up your own tissues which you get to keep– this is in contrast with dermal fillers, which are typically completely broken down within a year. Of course. Your skin continues to undergo natural aging, and careful skin maintenance is needed to preserve the results.
We recommend you take it easy for the first 24 hours, with no exercise or sweating during that time. Exercise can resume after that, as long as the skin doesn’t burn when sweating. If you are exercising outside please make sure you wear sunblock and reapply frequently. Wear a hat!
PRP Facials are great at treating acne and acne redness, brightening skin, reducing pore size, and skin rejuvenation through build-up of collagen and elastin.
We recommend an initial series of treatments about 1-2 months apart followed by maintenance of one treatment every 6 months.